Day 13 - Organizing Grocery Bags {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 13 - Organizing Grocery Bags {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13 - Organizing Grocery Bags {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!  I have so much to be grateful for, and today I'm especially thankful for all of you, who follow my blog and share your organizing ideas, tips, and questions here :)

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Think you have to spend a lot of money on costly organizing tools to get your house in order?  Nope!  Getting organized doesn't have to be expensive!

Throughout this series I'm sharing ideas to help you organize your home by either

  • making simple organizers with things that don't cost very much OR
  • using items you already have in a different way.
If cost has been holding you back from getting organized, now you've got no more excuses!  

Do you have plastic grocery bags cluttering up your drawers, cabinets, closets or floors?  Even if you try to bring re-usable bags to the store, there are still times when you end up with a collection of plastic bags in your home.  They're great for small garbage cans or doggie mess, but it's important to have a place to store them so they don't clutter up your home.

Today I'm sharing a few cheap and easy ways you can keep those bags contained and organized!

We keep some bags in a small drawer in our basement so they can be used for cat litter and and other garbage in the basement and laundry room.

We also have a cheap plastic garbage bag holder (similar to this one) that I bought years ago at Walmart I think.  It's on the wall in our kitchen for bags we use in our kitchen garbage can.  You can kind of see it in this picture on the wall beside the window. 

Hmmm... just typing this makes me realize I really should find a better spot for it, since it's messy-looking, awkward to reach, and not very close to the garbage can where we need the bags.  Our eating area was arranged differently before, and this bag holder was hidden beside the pantry.  Funny how you don't think about moving things sometimes because you're so used to where they've always been!  But I digress...

Here are some cheap free and easy DIY organizers for your grocery bags.  

  • If you have a baby or toddler, you probably have lots of empty baby wipes containers in your home.  Use them to contain your plastic grocery bags! 

Mission to Save

  • Here's another option if you don't have baby wipes containers.  Use an empty tissue box to store your plastic bags where you need them.  You can have a few of these in different places in your home even.  And if you wanted to you could decorate the box to match your decor. 

This Simple Home

  • You could do a similar thing with a cleaning wipes container, only it wouldn't hold as many bags as a baby wipes container or a tissue box.  It's perfect for places like your car though where you only need a few bags.

  •  If you can do some basic sewing, you can sew a bag holder.  Here's a tutorial I found online.  
 Grocery Bag Holder (you could even make it with scrap material!)

You can find lots of other cheap and easy DIY organizers on my DIY Organizers board on Pinterest.  Make sure you're following me on Pinterest so you don't miss any DIY organizer ideas!

How do you organize your grocery bags?  Have you DIY'd a solution?  Please share your ideas so we can all be inspired!

Happy {Cheap & Easy DIY} organizing!

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  1. Mine are currently stuffed into a shoebox sized rubbermaid bin in the kitchen closet. That whole area is a mess, though, so it makes getting to them hard. I like the idea of having something I can just reach in and grab from.

    1. A bin is a good option Lara, if it's easily accessible. A pull-out option like one of these organizers would probably make it easier though. Maybe one that you hang on the back of the closet door so it's not mixed up with the rest of the items in the closet?

  2. What a great idea!!! I will be implementing today :-D I have a toddler so I have tons of empty wipe containers.

    1. Glad to help Jamie! You can share the ideas with your friends who don't have little ones and give away some of your wipes containers too :)

  3. I loved the tip about using the baby wipe dispenser, I am going to call a GF and tell her to save me one of her emtpy ones! OOO I know I will buy a small flat travel pack one and mount it.. You inspired me! Thanks...Think I'll use the baby wipes to play a joke on hubby first tho. Oh look hun...look what we have to start buying...

    1. I love your mounted travel pack idea Christine! That's what I love about DIYing... everyone implements it differently and you make it work for you! LOL on the joke on your hubby... let me know how he reacts :)


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